( Courtesy Little Leaf Farms )

Little Leaf Farms, Devens, Mass., has doubled its greenhouse capacity to 10 acres, shipping product from the addition this summer.

“During the pandemic, we continued to see how vital locally-grown food is to keeping people healthy,” Paul Sellew, founder and CEO, said in a news release. “Our customers rave about the freshness of our lettuce which is harvested and shipped within 24 hours.”

The expansion allows the company to broaden distribution to retailers across New England and into New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other eastern states, according to the release.

The company has purchased 180 acres in McAdoo, Pa., for future expansion, according to the release.

Little Leaf Farms in December announced plans to build a 20-acre greenhouse in eastern Pennsylvania, followed by another one in Western North Carolina.

The company produces more than two million packages of lettuce each month, according to the release.

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